12.10.2017

Reinventing the European economy

High-level party representatives, ministers, MEPs and members of national parliaments from the PES political family, trade unions and the civil society will discuss how to make globalisation work for everyone in a conference in Brussels on 12 October. Influential academics such as economist Jeffrey Sachs will participate.

Ahead of the conference, PES president and host Sergei Stanishev said:

“We must make sure […]

20.07.2017

PES cohesion conference: Solidarity is a guarantee for EU future

Europe’s social democrats call for a strengthened cohesion policy post-2020, focused on decent jobs, clean environment, investment in human capital and new technologies, a packed hall of conference delegates heard today.

Some 150 delegates, plus online participants, discussed leading contributions from European Commissioners Corina Creţu and Maroš Šefčovič, PES president Sergei Stanishev, Committee of the Regions first vice-president Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Slovakian […]

09.06.2017

PES: Conservatives & populists routed as UK Labour celebrates spectacular election result

UK voters have rejected both Conservative opportunism and right-wing populism in a shock election result that has increased Labour’s vote share and fatally undermined the credibility of current prime minister Theresa May.

The result demolished the existing Conservative government majority and saw Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party win some 30 additional seats, making Labour a strong contender for government in the negotiations […]

29.04.2017

PES leaders stand firm on European and international challenges

Europe’s progressive governments will fight to protect the rights of EU and British citizens as a top priority in the negotiations on Brexit, leaders from the Party of European Socialists agreed today.

Socialist and social democrat prime ministers and presidents from across Europe met to agree common positions on the Brexit negotiation guidelines, as well as other challenges facing the EU, […]

29.03.2017

PES still hopes for fair Brexit, avoiding disaster

As a pro-European party, we deeply regret the decision of the UK to leave the European Union.

Commenting on the UK government’s plan to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

“The months ahead will be challenging for Britain and for the EU. But progressive parties across Europe, linked by the Party of European Socialists, are […]

28.03.2017

PES leaders vow stronger, fairer and more social Europe

Progressive heads of state and government from across Europe are meeting on the eve of the Treaty of Rome anniversary to agree a common position on the European Union’s future.

The leaders are meeting in Rome on the invitation of Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni, to discuss current challenges, including securing stronger rights for European citizens, fighting social dumping, supporting young […]

16.03.2017

Stanishev establish a high level Working group to discuss the Junkers’ White Paper

In a strong declaration, the Presidency of the Party of the European Socialist highlighted the success of the EU, calling it “one of the most successful historical achievements for promoting democracy, cohesion, diversity and equality”.But they also warned that Europe needs to be revived and reoriented to tackle today’s challenges, including fighting populism and ensuring that globalisation does not lead […]

16.03.2017

PES and progressive parties from 80 countries to tackle inequalities worldwide

Joint action to shift the modern world towards social justice, progress, democracy and solidarity was the main goal at a world gathering of leaders and representatives from progressive parties and organisations.

The Progressive Alliance convention entitled ‘Shaping our future’ was held in Berlin on 12 and 13 March. PES member parties from the whole of Europe participated, together with socialist and […]

23.02.2017

Stanishev: PES will continue its missions until the full respect of the rule of law in Turkey

Today a PES delegation supported the co-chair of our Kurdish associate party HDP, Selahattin Demirtas on the day of his first court hearing, since he was jailed without legal foundation in November last year. The hearing took place in the Anadolu 34th Penal Court of First Instance in Istanbul and Demirtas testified via videoconference from the prison of Edirne.

From the […]

03.12.2016

Sergei Stanishev:Europe needs change

“Social dialogue is one of the core values of our political family. We are convinced of the importance of a constant exchange between employers and workers’ trade union in order to agree on the essential rules that regulate work in companies, sectors and economies as a whole. This is why we have always stood, and will always stand, strongly in […]

01.12.2016

Socialists with a new vision for Europe

Activists from all over Europe are gathering in Prague for the biggest event of the political calendar for social democrats: the Party of European Socialists Council 2016.

Entitled ‘Saving Europe’, the Council is focused on the future of the EU, with special emphasis on the PES ‘Act For Youth’ campaign – fighting to improve prospects for children and young people in […]

28.11.2016

Stanishev: We will initiate a debate for Turkey in the European Parliament, a freezing of the negotiation process is not excluded

The Turkish authorities prevented a PES delegation in Turkey to visit opposition leader Selahattin Demirtaş in prison, in the North-Western town of Edirne. The delegation led by PES president Sergei Stanishev was held a press-conference in the middle of the road outside the prison. The Turkish police and the gendarmerie tried to prevent any contact between the delegation and the media gathered around the […]

Sergei Stanishev on Macedonia

Sergei Stanishev at the Protest in Skopje, 17th of May